The latter car was given to the wife of William Clay Ford as a personal vehicle; initially painted white, it was later painted sky blue. Following the introduction of the 1957 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham and 1967 Cadillac Eldorado, General Motors and Ford Motor Company established a brand rivalry between their flagship company vehicles, lasting until the 1998 withdrawal of the. Famous owners included Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Louie Prima, Dwight Eisenhower, Barry Goldwater, Spike Jones, Nelson Rockefeller, Henry J. The first two were scrapped in June 1956, and the third car survives today. Are you looking to buy your dream classic car? It was missing all 4 wheel covers. For the past 12 years, this Lincoln has been properly stored and cared for by its current owner, a quality collector of vintage vehicles. According to the consignor, this vehicle runs and drives extremely well.
One thing is reasonably certain. Led by , the team consisted of John Reinhart chief stylist , chief body engineer; designer of the , and chief engineer. A rare classic car for collectors. Today, the facility is used by as the Ford Vehicle Operations General Office and New Model Programs Development Center, used to develop new vehicles and their manufacturing. Their first intention was to restore the car to its original condition but, while they were finishing up a Tri-Five Chevy build, they decided the car would benefit from new underpinnings steering and suspension and an updated engine while keeping much of the exterior stock. Initially meeting with rejection from upper Ford management, in 1953, design work was approved to bring a successor to the Continental to production. The extra time expected workers to test-fit parts before assembly, check and correct defects.
In 1952, the company formed the Special Product Operations team later Special Products Division. I agree with this, but also believe that a couple of the letters from the Continental badge on the hood may also be missing. Shipping We'll ship our models to any location in the world! The seller also states that all of the correct wheel covers are present and in great shape. So, in 1956 the uber up-market Continental Division was created. In-Plant Inspection and Testing Inside the Continental assembly plant, each vehicle went through fourteen major inspection points, where each vehicle was inspected by a team of mechanics before undergoing further assembly.
The name Continental was inspired by the 1940s Lincoln Continental powered by a large 12-cylinder engine. List your items fast and easy and manage your active items. Once again a big shout-out must go out to David F for referring this find to us. Customers had trouble differentiating the two. Under the hood, this Lincoln is powered by a 368 ci V8 engine paired with a 3-speed automatic transmission. Additional Manufacturing Attention Continental allowed for twice as long to assemble a vehicle as Ford or Lincoln-Mercury.
Chrome was popular at the time but the designers had opted instead for understated European-influenced simplicity. About this Car: This car is mechanically sound and in running condition. In 1968, Ford Motor Company introduced the 1969 , re-entering the personal luxury car segment. There is also a tear in the back of the rear seat which may be able to be repaired. Continentals were sold by Lincoln dealers and had Lincoln powertrains. Continental Division of Ford Motor Company was a stand-alone division, with its own manufacturing facility; in July 1956, Ford closed the division, integrating Continental into Lincoln.
Here lurks the 368ci Y-Block heart of this magnificent machine. Postwar Continentals were produced in low numbers less than 1,600 of them in 1947 and the body line was killed in 1949 in favor of a new, albeit less flattering, Cosmopolitan. For 1969, Ford revived the chronology of the with the debut of the personal luxury coupe, produced for five successive generations through the 1998. Under William Clay Ford, the Special Products Division set out several objectives. The seller states that he has owned the car for 15 years, but that the engine has not been started for 6 years. To streamline production, powertrain components were adapted from the Lincoln model line and checked through the division's quality-control program during production. They were available with only one option, which was air conditioning.
The quality control program included all employees at the assembly facility, from assembly workers to upper management. A fully boxed crossmember was placed under the front seats, with six tube-style crossmembers located through the rest of the chassis. Inside the car the master power brake cylinder and booster were hidden under the dash in order to clean up the clutter. He also states that it is not frozen, and will turn over by hand. Receiving Inspection In place of samples being inspected for the first time at the assembly plant, 100% of parts are inspected by suppliers, with the factory becoming a secondary inspection. The serial numbers for production cars ran from 975 to 3989. Not wanting to cut corners anywhere on the car, Calvin had the body chemically stripped, the original joints releaded, then the body electro-plated before Dan Stacey and Brian Hatton completed the bodywork.
While a two-door hardtop would be offered as the debut vehicle, the model range would expand to a retractable-hardtop convertible and a four-door hardtop sedan. In a 1956 report from , the Mark ll produced 16. Recently the brakes and brake assister were fully revised. Your hub for horsepower Get first access to hit shows like Roadkill and Dirt Every Day Join free for 14 days now In 1956, Ford created another category of their company, the Continental Division, for their next vehicle. One glance at the Continental and you immediately perceive that it was a car ahead of its time.